COVID-19: Coronavirus Information

This page is designed as a hub for the Maranatha High School community regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus. We are closely monitoring and responding to the developing information surrounding the pandemic, the temporary closure of our campus, and pertinent updates for our families. The safety of our students, faculty, staff, and families remains our highest priority. 

(This webpage will be updated as new information becomes available.)
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May 11, 2020

Dear Maranatha Families,

This is the final week of “regular classes” for this school year. Next week will be for review and the first day of Finals, with two days of the following week (after Memorial Day) for Finals as well. Then the school year is done!
It’s hard to imagine how we got here with all of the different things we have experienced together. I feel that this COVID-19 virus has brought out the best of us. I know it has been challenging, but let me encourage you by telling you about the first, unique opportunity we had to celebrate our Class of 2020 this past weekend when each came to pick up their graduation cap and gown. We need to give a huge ‘shout out’ to our faculty and staff for making it a wonderful time of celebration and encouragement to our seniors. I am so thankful for you all. What happened in the visitor’s parking lot this past Saturday reflects what is truly best about Maranatha.
I am proud of all of our wonderful students who have really met the challenge of this year. I know that you may be discouraged and stressed as we enter this final week with various projects, tasks, and all of the things that mark the end of a semester. But I want to encourage you - God is with us!
We have an interesting week ahead. Mr. Parker and the Ministry Team will present two chapel times this week, on Monday and Friday, at 11:45 a.m. on Minutemen TV, followed by Advisory Groups on Zoom. Also, be mindful of our AP students who will be taking their AP Exams which start this week. Otherwise, it is a normal eLearning week!
As we look to this last week of classes it reminds me of my younger days as a “Miler”. The mile is a very interesting race – it’s not something that you can sprint, but it’s not something you can jog in either. It consists of four laps around a track, and the most challenging lap is the third one. It is too far from the finish line to start your sprint. You have to maintain your pace and prepare for the final lap where you can finish strong.
The most important thing in that kind of race, and in this final week, is that you stay the course and run the race that is before you. Paul talks about this in 1 Corinthians 9:24, “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.”
For some of us, school does not come easy, while for some it’s very easy. But you need to do what you need to do to finish. And like in a race, you have to pour yourself out. You can’t win a race by running conservatively – you have to give it your all. There’s going to come a point, and I think we are all there now, where we’re exhausted and worried, “Can we finish?” I want you to know that every time that has happened in my life, Christ has been there. He has held out His hand to me and lifted me up, and allowed me to finish well.
That is my prayer for you this week as we finish our last eLearning week together. So, be strong and courageous, run your race, run it to win, and do your very best.
God bless you,
John Rouse
Head of School

  • Thursday, May 7: Incoming Mothers' Luncheon CANCELED
  • Friday, May 8: Senior Girls' Tea CANCELED
  • Wednesday, May 13: Parent Association Meeting CANCELED
  • Wednesday, May 27: Grad Nite at Disneyland CANCELED

(We will continue to update you on CANCELED or POSTPONED events as more information becomes available.)
CLICK HERE for updated Coronavirus (COVID-19) information from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

for updated Coronavirus (COVID-19) information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

CLICK HERE for updated Coronavirus (COVID-19) information from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Previous Updates from our Head of School

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  • April 27, 2020 Update

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    Good morning, Maranatha,

    I wish to share with you an announcement that we all have been expecting and yet hoping would not come to pass:  We will finish the school year with our campus closed and continuing through final exams on the eLearning format. If a miracle were to happen and we were able to open our campus prior to then, we would do so. However, that does not appear to be a possibility at this point.
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  • April 6, 2020 Update

    Dear Maranatha Community,
    When we transitioned to eLearning last month, Maranatha had planned to return to campus after Easter Break, on April 20. However, due to the continued COVID-19 health threat, and in compliance with orders from state officials, re-opening our campus doesn’t seem likely this month. Therefore, when school resumes after Easter Break, we will be continuing instruction on the eLearning platform. Later today, Mr. Tim Fenderson, our Academic Dean, will be sharing with you a new schedule and other important changes.
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  • March 30, 2020 Update

    March 30, 2020
    Dear Maranatha Community,
    We have finished our first full week of eLearning! I'm very proud of the reports I've been hearing about how hard you are all working, what you are accomplishing in your classrooms, and I want to encourage you to continue to do so.
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  • March 13, 2020 Update

    March 13, 2020
    Dear Maranatha Community,
    I write you this afternoon with an update as the situation within our community continues to change. In these types of situations, I often ask myself, what is God’s purpose in all of this? How would He desire me, you, our community to handle this? I think one of the major lessons here is to trust God and look to Him for guidance and direction.
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  • March 12, 2020 Update

    March 12, 2020, 8:45 p.m.

    Dear Maranatha Community,
    I would like to extend my thanks for your prayers, support, and understanding through these difficult circumstances surrounding COVID-19. This is an opportunity for us to demonstrate to the greater community how our faith in Christ gives us peace and confidence that He is with us as we deal with this ever-changing situation. 

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  • March 5, 2020 Update

    Dear Maranatha Community,
    In light of yesterday’s announcement by the LA County Department of Public Health (Public Health), we wanted to provide you updated information about how Maranatha is monitoring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and working to ensure the health and safety of our school community. On Wednesday, Public Health and the LA County Board of Supervisors, along with the City of Pasadena, declared a public health emergency in response to increased spread of coronavirus across the country and 6 additional cases in LA County. Public Health stated that none of the new cases are from community spread, and all of these new cases were exposed to COVID-19 through close contact or travel.
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